Aspect - denotes a vineyard's orientation i.e., the direction it faces. A crucial factor in grape growing because it impacts the amount of sunshine, heat intensity, rain and wind the vines receive.
Bleu - the French word for the color blue. An hommage to the grand winemaking tradition of France. Also a nod to the French national soccer team, with the two stars above our logo representing their two world cup titles. Allez Les Bleus!
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